One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.
Arena Football 2 is a game played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by James F. Foster, Jr., a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. Though not the only variant of indoor American football, it is the most widely known, and the one on which most other forms of modern indoor football are at least partially based.
The AF2, which started play in 2000 and ceased when its strongest teams was folded into a new Arena Football League in 2010. Like most other minor sports leagues, the AF2 existed to develop football players and also to help players adapt to the style and pace of arena football. In addition, the AF2 was similar to other minor leagues because AF2 teams played in smaller cities and smaller venues. While the AFL was played in cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Chicago, the AF2 fielded teams in cities which are part of metropolitan statistical areas ranging in size from Milwaukee (with 1,739,497 residents) to Albany, Georgia (with 164,000 residents).
|League||Sport||Season||# of Teams||Team Change||Games||Games Change||Total Attendance||TA Change||Average Attendance||AA Change||Source|
|AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA)||Arena Football||2006||23 USA||untracked||184||untracked||922,079||untracked||5,038||untracked||ArenaFan|
|AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA)||Arena Football||2007||31 USA||34.78%||248||34.78%||1,126,861||22.21%||4,695||-6.81%||ArenaFan|
|AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA)||Arena Football||2008||29 USA||-6.45%||232||-6.45%||1,049,402||-6.87%||4,705||0.21%||ArenaFan|
|AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA)||Arena Football||2009||26 USA||-10.34%||208||-10.34%||867,970||-17.29%||4,641||-1.36%||ArenaFan|
In 2010 AF2 was dissolved and the strongest franchises became part of a new major Indoor Football league called “Arena Football One”. Legally, Arena Football One, now doing business as the Arena Football League, is an entity independent of the original Arena Football League and AF2 and is made up of former AFL and AF2 teams with several new teams and one team from another league. Unlike the previous Arena Football League and AF2, the new AFL was an entity-model league in which the league owns the individual teams and hires local management groups to operate them, rather than the traditional North American sports league model where each team is a separate business and the league is a non-profit association formed and controlled by the various team owners in order to co-ordinate and govern operations.